334 (Neath) Squadron - Castlemartin Visit June 2012

Presentation to Lt Col Henry Cummins_______________________________________________________________

L -R - SCWO K Roberts, SGT J Stanton, Lt Col H Cummins, Cdt J East, SGT M Morgan
Castlemartin Visit - June 2012__________________________________________________________________

In June 2012, 4 Cadets from 334 (Neath) Sqn, SCWO K Roberts, Sgt M Morgan, Sgt J Stanton and Cdt J East were escorted by CI D Shand who arranged the trip. We were fortunate to once again visit Castlemartin Ranges in Pembroke to present a Sqn plaque to Lt Col Henry Cummins of the Live Fire Group (LFG) for our multi squadron visit back in December.  

Following the Presentation, the Cadets were invited to visit the Range complex where two Apache longbow Helicopters were on station to provide air support to the current Calfex exercise. Unfortunately the aircraft were grounded due to heavy sea fog. During this part of the visit the Cadets and CI were escorted by a Flt Lt from the Royal Air Force and a Sgt from the Army Air Corps who gave the Cadets a full brief on the Helicopters, their armaments and defensive capabilities. The cadets were shown around the control towers and had the opportunity to see the ground to air communications, command & control systems, in use by ground controllers in theatre.  At this point we were notified that HRH Col H Wales (AAC) was one of the pilots involved in this exercise, unfortunately we were unable to meet him as he was very busy preparing for his duties later that day.

After viewing the Apache’s, the Cadets visited Warren Control tower where Karl the Range warden gave them a full history of the ranges, along with demonstrations  of the air and sea radar’s used to stop vessel’s and aircraft from entering the restricted areas. By this time the fog had started to lift so the cadets were able to view troops patrolling and attacking a simulated Afgan village, on foot and mounted in Mastiff and Husky vehicles.

After lunch everybody visited Manorbier Air Defence Range outside Tenby. Once again they were given a tour of the control tower and were able to view surface to air missiles from a distance, being prepared for firing at Banshee aerial drones. This concluded another successful visit to the DTE Pembroke ranges by 334 Sqn.

Flt Lt J Thomas (OC 334) once again thanked CI D Shand for arranging and escorting the Cadets on such an informative and educational visit.


Pictures and article kindly supplied by: CI D Shand - 334 (Neath) Squadron

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